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#1 Daniel Agustin

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:27 PM

Hey guys, brand new to the board here. I appreciate any help and bits of wisdom in advanced.

DP'ing a yoga dvd and there will be 6 girls in a triangle configuration (think bowling pins) on a white cove, performing the yoga routine. The studio we are renting comes with the cove pre-lit. Just wondering what people might suggest for lighting the 6 girls without casting shadows all over the place, and without spilling onto my white background.

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#2 David Ross

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:52 PM

Recently I lit a similar scene. And as everyone would tell you, there are 15 different ways to light any scene. You mentioned Yoga so lets assume most of the action takes place on a the floor. In my scene we shot with two cameras so i had wide and close ups as well as some creative angles. I laid out 4 -8 ft sheets of white foam core and propped them at a 45 degree angle off the floor using c stands. I place one on either side of the camera leaving me a 2 ft opening for the main camera. Then i placed one on the left side and one on the right side of the 6 people who were seated .I then placed a 1K mole open face in front of each sheet of foam core and bounced the light back onto the set. After seeing the results i added a 1/2 ctb and walked in my side lights in a bit to act sort of a side fill / slight Kicker. This approach really filled in the 6 people nicely. I ended up adding a 300 watt arri punched through some 216 diffusion to give our main
(teacher) a little more of a pop( about 1/2 stop). It was a nice little scene. Because of time and the lack of hang positions i was not able to do much back light. This would have helped... the client was happy and so was I. Again 5 gaffers would have lit the scene 5 different ways.

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#3 Daniel Agustin

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:05 AM

David, i really appreciate the response. Lighting from the floor is an idea i never had. I definitely will experiment with that technique and look. I hear you about everyone having a different way they would light it. Just looking for some creative ideas like yours to play with. Thanks again for the response.
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